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NYPD: Teen beat man for backpack

Marine Park: Plus a host of other crimes from Marine Park’s 63rd Precinct. Comment

Carmine says he wants his big, sugary drinks

Sunday Screech: This week, Carmine enjoys a Cylcones game, but wishes the mayor would lay off his fast food! Comments (23)

‘Thank you fellow Brooklynites!’

Letters: A reader tells us how a simple act of kindness from her fellow borough commuters renewed her faith in the universe. Comment

Guess what? Carmine’s not happy about Bloomberg’s sugary drinks ban

Big Screecher: This week, Carmine blasts Mayor Bloomberg for trying to take away his bucket of Seven-Up. Comment
Music: A ground-breaking musician who turned the traditional tunes of Sierra Leone into the soundtrack of a conflict has reemerged as a star in Brooklyn — even after an eight-year stint as a fast food employee. Comments (3)
Bridge ‘Park’: A Prospect Heights woman exploited her position on an influential Brooklyn Bridge Park advisory committee to land a sweet business deal, claim her former colleagues who are lobbing allegations of cronyism over a $40-million bike track development. Comments (13)
Bensonhurst: Armed thugs are holding up food carts in Bensonhurst, police say. Comment

A rogue-cop case reminds us of Gerard Papa’s violent run-in with the NYPD

A Britisher’s View: Bensonhurst resident Gerard Papa’s encounter with officers from the 60th Precinct changed the face of cop-civilian controversies forever, our columnist says. Comment
Music: Bring your kids, but only if they have good taste in singing puppets. Comment

Bartoonist shares his thoughts on Vinegar Hill’s newest hangout

Bar Scrawl: Our roving illustrator discovers a charming new wine bar in one of the borough’s quietest neighborhoods. Comments (3)

Who’s who? Aspiring DA Abe George vs. retired judge Abe Gerges

One man wants to be Brooklyn’s next district attorney. The other used to be a Brooklyn supreme court judge. Thankfully, The Brooklyn Paper is here to help you remember which one is which. Comments (1)

Coney’s back on the map this weekend!

Weekend Watch: To you, fair beach-goers and Cyclone aficionados, we can say this: Coney Island-bound service is mostly restored, ending one of the MTA’s cruelest long-running jokes. So get out there, dear readers! Comment

The Olympics come to Brooklyn — starring kids!

Mill Basin: Brooklyn children had a blast playing in Aviator Sports’ Olympic Sports Festival on July 22. See our slideshow for all the fun. Comment

Clones sully Muckdogs in another road win

The Ride: Brooklyn’s boys of summer continued their strong play when they’re out of town. Comment

Cops: Dinner party goes horribly wrong

Bensonhurst: Get ready for your weekly run down of crimes from Bensonhurst’s 62nd Precinct. Comment
Coney Island: Derelicts, pigeons, and rats are taking center stage at the legendary Shore Theater, critics stay. Comment

Welcome to Foamstone Brooklyn

Park Slope: It’s not brown and it’s not made of stone, but a foam-covered Park Place abode merges classic brownstone looks with green Park Slope sensibilities, according to its owner and designer. Comments (2)
Flatbush: Parkside Avenue residents are pushing the city to bring a stately new plaza to what they say is a neglected intersection. Comment
Sheepshead Bay: A Bay car wash is operating above legal city noise levels, angering residents who want him to mute his ear-ripping blowers. Comment

Battle of the boroughs: Nets to take on Knicks in home opener

Link: The Nets first home game will be against their soon-to-be hated rivals. The New York Post has the story. Read more…
Development: The “G” on this train stands for gentrify. Comments (7)

Little fish survive swimming with sharks

Fearless Living: This week, our fearless mom learns that her son (and dog) can (someimes) handle themselves in scary situations. Comment

Back-to-back blasts clear path for Clones victory

The Ride: Brooklyn’s boys of summer kick off their six-game road trip in style. Comment
Link: Coney Island’s faithful are lashing out against the owner of the historic Shore Theater, claiming he has turned a seashore gem into a urine-soaked home for rats and vagrants. Read more…

DA: Midwood couple busted for bilking Medicaid

Gavel to Gavel: The case leads this week’s Gavel to Gavel. Comment

Sci-fi spoof shows robots enslaving humanity using Facebook

Theater: The evil robots are taking over — one Facebook update at a time. Comments (1)

Cops: Gun-toting teens rob man

Crime: Get ready for your weekly run-down of crimes from the 61st Precinct. Comment
Mean Streets: Cops in three Brownstone Brooklyn precincts ticketed just two speeding motorists for the second straight month — a disturbing trend that could cost pedestrians their lives, politicians fear. Comments (36)
Coney Island: The homeless problem is taking a violent turn in the People s Playground, according to neighborhood bar employees. Comment
Greenpoint: A plan to build a North Brooklyn public boathouse has been floating up Newtown Creek without a paddle for nearly a year and a half — and if it doesn’t reach shore by 2015 it might be sunk entirely, water lovers fear. Comments (2)
Flatlands: A Flatlands father and son accused of beating a black cat to death inside their E. 39th Street home have been indicted on animal cruelty charges — but the family attorney says his clients will be vindicated of all charges. Comment
Dining: We’re all very proud of Michael Phelps and the other Americans heroically competing in sports we don’t normally care about, but it wouldn’t be the Olympics without cheering guiltlessly for some other country’s team. Comments (2)

Storobin joins quixotic fight against Sheepshead Bay mosque

Sheepshead Bay: State Sen. David Storobin has joined the hopeless fight against a mosque being built in Sheepshead Bay — a battle that’s been repeatedly quashed in the courts and has left political insiders believing that the newly minted legislator is more concerned with winning votes than helping mosque opponents. Comment

Gardeners: We’re under siege

Bay Ridge: Vandals have attacked a group of flowering trees at the Narrows Botanic Gardens — the second wave of destruction in the last two weeks to hit the southern tip of a green oasis directly across the street from residents who have clashed with the garden’s leadership. Comments (39)

CB18: Kings Plaza car service must go

Mill Basin: A car service wants the city to make its trial gig at the shopping center a permanent one. Comment

Why is the question that we can’t answer

Not for Nuthin’: How far down the rabbit hole does a society have to go to produce an individual that harbors such intense violence? And how bad does the violence and madness have to be before the society wakes up and smells the coffee? Comment
Coney Island: The annaul Sand Sculpting Conest brought artists of all ages out to Coney Island on Saturday, turning the sandy beach into masterpiece after masterpiece. See the works of art in our slideshow. Comment

Clones lose again at home

The Ride: The lowly Aberdeen IronBirds once again toppled the pride of Coney Island as starter Rainy Lara blew a two-run Clones lead and reliever Tim Peterson put the team even deeper in the hole. Comment
Link: The standoff between Cha Cha’s Coney Island Seafood Bar and Pizzeria and the encampment of homeless people at the Shore Hotel next door has erupted into violence three times in the past week, employees claim. Read more…

Cops: Man steals Coney elevator rider’s cellphone

Coney Island: Get ready for your weekly run-down of crimes from the 60th Precinct. Comment

Stones rolled: Atlantic Terminal bollards ripped out!

Atlantic Yards: The Atlantic Terminal “sarcophagi” have been relegated to the land of the dead. Comments (7)

Downtown evictees: The city is booting us from Brooklyn

Changing Brooklyn: Tenants at one of Downtown’s last rent-stabilized buildings say they aren’t just getting evicted — they’re getting kicked out of Brooklyn. Comments (11)

Aviators hang up their hockey sticks

Head coach Rob Miller says Brooklyn’s boys of winter are no more. Comments (4)
Fuzzy Brooklyn: Monster, a Brooklyn Brewery mouser whose carefree charm helped him become the beer-maker’s Williamsburg mascot, passed away on Monday morning from liver failure. He was 13. Comments (5)

Home field disadvantage! Cyclones struggle in Coney

The Cyclones are having trouble at home. Comment

Summer Stroll strolls on despite rainy weather

BoroBeat: Merchants and pedestrians braved the rain for the first-ever Third Avenue Summer Stroll on Friday. See the fun in our slideshow. Comment

Alas, the bar is raised too low on Coney Island

Speak Out: This week, Lou laments Mayor Bloomberg’s plan for the People’s Playground. Comment

Clones offense strikes out against Aberdeen

The Ride: The bottom-feeding Aberdeen IronBirds kept the Cyclones off the scoreboard, knocking Brooklyn down to second place in the division in a shutout at home. Comment

Shuffleboard scuffle: Neighbors fear Florida-inspired club will bring crowds, noise

Gowanus: A soon-to-open shuffleboard bar will bring the old folks’ game back to Brooklyn — but neighbors of the sprawling Gowanus venue fear the kitschy sport will come hand in hand with loud parties and inebriated revelers. Comments (16)
Bay Ridge: The city has spoken, and green-thumbed Ridgites won’t be getting the sound wall they’ve been clamoring for. Comments (12)

Monday musing: Would you vote for Anthony Weiner if he ran for office again?

Disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner resigned from office last year after tweeting lewd pictures of himself, but he still has $4.5 million in campaign funds waiting to be used. Insiders say he’s primed for a political comeback, but would anyone vote for him? Leave us your thoughts in our comments section below. Comment

Cops: We’ve nabbed Kings Highway iPhone thief

Kings Highway: Police say they have arrested a man accused of shaking down a Q-train commuter for his iPhone. Comment

Stan has the numbers, you do the math

It’s Only My Opinion: This week, Stan tells it like it is, but it’s only his opinion! Comment

Clones squeak by with walk-off, extra-inning win over Yanks

The Ride: Brooklyn topped the hated Staten Island Yankees in a walk-off win in the 12th to split a four-game cross-borough series — and end a five-game home losing streak. Comment
Checkin’ in with: Newly crowned Miss New York Mallory Hagan checks in with The Brooklyn Paper, and tells us why she should be Miss America and why she won’t ride a bike in Brooklyn. Comments (8)

Yanks stomp Clones, despite Glenn’s dinger

The Ride: Jeffrey Glenn hits a homer, but the rest of the Cyclones’ offense fails to live up to his example during an embarrassing outing at MCU park. Comment

In case you missed it: Federal prosecutors probing Rep. Grimm’s fund-raising practices

Link: A Brooklyn grand jury is looking into allegations that Rep. Michael Grimm received illegal contributions during his 2010 run. The Daily News has the story. Read more…

Yanks spank Clones

The Ride: Hated cross-Narrows rivals the Staten Island Yankees pounded Clones starter Luis Mateo as the pride of Coney Island fell at MCU Park. Comment
Cobble Hill: Long Island College Hospital laid off workers on Friday. Comments (15)

Rock on! Brooklyn is getting another climbing gym

Brooklyn Heights: Brooklyn Heights will boast the city’s first boutique climbing gym, according to a fitness entrepreneur who says bigger isn’t necessarily better. Comments (3)
Downtown: NYU-Poly added a new field of study to its engineering curriculum this week — water tower maintenance. Comments (2)
Bensonhurst: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority heeded the demands of Courier Life columnist Carmine Santa Maria on Thursday, announcing that it was going to bring the Big Screecher’s beloved B64 bus back to Harway Avenue. Comment

Residents: Refurbished Parkside Playground needs more security

Flatbush: A shooting took place inside a refurbished Flatbush playground that’s only been open for a month — and concerned residents say they knew something violent was going to happen there. Comment

Clones top Yanks in squeaker

The Ride: The pride of Coney Island bested their hated rivals in a Thursday night nail biter. Comment

Finding parking on Atlantic Avenue will get a whole lot easier

Mean Streets: Atlantic Avenue will become a parking paradise and that’s easier for pedestrians to cross, say Boerum Hill neighbors and merchants who convinced the city to ease no-standing regulations on the busy roadway after nearly two decades. Comments (21)

Buses galore in Williamsburg

Williamsburg: Two new bus routes will ferry commuters around the bustling but transit-starved neighborhood of Williamsburg under a new Metropolitan Transportation Authority plan. Comment

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